The Tribe 365 is a center for Jewish educational and spiritual programming that is accessible, relevant and meaningful. It is our mission to be an inclusive, Jewish home for K'lal Yisrael, the worldwide Jewish community. As we engage in learning and spirit, we hope to nurture your souls. From lifecycle events and holiday celebrations to adult and youth programming, this dynamic husband and wife team of Rabbi Matan and Cantor Jenn are here for you!
About Rabbi Matan
Israeli native, Rabbi Matan Peled has been described as an energetic, warm and caring teacher and spiritual guide who brings his engaging personality and zest for education to every aspect of his work. His goal is to bring a dynamic and meaningful Judaism into people’s lives through a variety of creative media. He brings his passion for nature to his rabbinate in unique ways; Peled is acclaimed for his guided, Jewish hikes and tours. Having been raised in Israel, Rabbi Matan knows that building personal connections with Judaism is not limited to time spent in a synagogue building. What excites him most in his role as rabbi is getting to be part of people’s “wow moments.” He understands that, in today’s world, people can find community in a variety of settings. Peled says, “If Judaism doesn’t enrich lives, then people will seek out other ways to fill their lives with meaning. My goal is to make Judaism accessable, exciting and relevant.”
Rabbi Matan graduated from Gratz College in 2008 with a degree in Jewish Studies. In 2016, he received his Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and Rabbinical Ordination (s’micha) from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
Rabbi Matan is a member of MARAM-the Israeli Council of Progressive Rabbis and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.
He recently moved back to Israel after spending 15 years in the United States where he worked both as a pulpit rabbi and educator. He shares his life with his wife, Jennifer, who is a cantor, and their twin children.
About Cantor Jenn
Florida raised, Philadelphia native, Cantor Jenn has been described as creative, passionate and uplifting and as an emotionally moving bringer of ruach (spirit). She has been blessed to work as a synagogue cantor and educational director for over a decade but has been leading spiritual experiences and creating memorable, Jewish moments for much longer. She has extensive experience working with summer camps, preschools, youth groups and adult educational programs. Cantor Jenn says, “The work I do is incredibly rewarding because people allow me into their lives in such personal and meaningful ways. I find so much holiness in these moments and hope that those with whom I connect do as well.” She is a big believer that “Judaism should be joyful and full of creative energy.”
Cantor Jenn received her BA from the University of West Florida’s School of Music with a degree in vocal performance. Her post-graduate studies brought her to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she was the recipient of the Emma Lou Young Vocal Award for Opera Performance. She also studied at the University of Haifa in Israel where she focused on Hebrew language and Bible as Literature. She received her MA in Jewish Music and Cantorial Studies from Gratz College and Cantorial Investiture from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Cantor Jenn is a member of the American Conference of Cantors. She has extensive experience in both formal and informal education and seamlessly blends the two modalities when working with children and adults.
She and her husband Rabbi Matan Peled met through Taglit-Birthright Israel and URJ Camp Coleman. They recently made aliya to Israel with their energetic twins, Shai and Noam and their rescue Labradoodle (yes, there is such a thing) Finn.